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This one will hurt for the Ravens defense

Taking a step back, losing 26-21 in Atlanta isn’t a killer for the Baltimore Ravens.  It was out of conference, on the road, against a quality opponent.

It will probably be tough for the proud Ravens defense to take the long view, however, after what transpired in the final minute.   Joe Flacco completed a fantastic fourth quarter comeback, and handed the ball over to the defense to close it out.  They gave up an 80-yard, seven-play drive in 45 seconds to lose the game.

“We let them off the hook,” safety Ed Reed said after the game.  “We let them off the hook.”

Matt Ryan didn’t exactly move the ball at will (6.3 yards per attempt),  but this was another sign the Ravens defense isn’t as good as we’re used to seeing.  They may have been worn down in the key moments, having been on the field for more than 35 minutes.

Ranked ninth in yards allowed going into Thursday, the Ravens defense has been good this season but not great.  They have struggled at times to stop the run.  (Although they made sure to shut down Michael Turner to the tune of 39 yards on 17 attempts.)  Their lack of turnovers Thursday and inability to get off the field on third down did them in.

The Ravens may have their best offense in franchise history.  Coach John Harbaugh has a veteran group on both sides of the ball that should peak late.  That’s good, because to this point Baltimore’s defense hasn’t dominated like we’ve come to expect.

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32 Responses to “This one will hurt for the Ravens defense”
  1. help me says: Nov 12, 2010 1:00 AM

    Sorry, Ray Ray, this was all on you and your D.

  2. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Nov 12, 2010 1:02 AM

    I recall reading Matt Ryan’s SI.com “Special Monday Morning Quarterback” column of July 12, 2010 (in place of the vacationing Peter King) wherein he wrote that he studied film this past off-season of quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Romo, Brady, Rivers, Rodgers, and Brees.

    It’s noteworthy that Ryan said he was most impressed with Manning and Brady for their “patience under fire.”

    Based on his performance tonight against the Ravens defense, it’s safe to conclude that Matt Ryan is a quick study.

  3. Bubby Brister says: Nov 12, 2010 1:09 AM

    And I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling refs.

  4. atlien698 says: Nov 12, 2010 1:25 AM

    No, Ed Reed, you didn’t let the Falcons off the hook. They ALMOST let YOU off the hook. The Ravens got smacked around and were fortunate at the end.

    Quit making excuses!!!!

    (but please beat the Saints for us in a few weeks…pretty please????)

  5. grendelg says: Nov 12, 2010 1:55 AM

    Matt’s always been like that. I knew he was gonna be a good one his first season when he led a last minute game winning drive against Chicago… That sideline out route strike he threw to Jenkins tonight is what he does under pressure.

  6. freedomispopular says: Nov 12, 2010 1:56 AM

    They are who we thought they were! And we let them off the hook!

  7. rarson says: Nov 12, 2010 1:57 AM

    We have some great talent on defense, but they’re not consistently performing each week. Our offense actually stepped up, only to have the defense lay down. Absurd.

  8. mnhugobear says: Nov 12, 2010 2:26 AM

    Ed Reed = Denny Green? Did they crown their asses too?

  9. joetoronto says: Nov 12, 2010 6:13 AM

    The defense has been sliding slowly for a while now, while their offense has been getting better.

    Overall though, they’re a good team and they’ll make some noise this year.

  10. clevelanddawg654 says: Nov 12, 2010 7:02 AM

    I guess the ratbirds will just say they were sooo tired since it was a short week for them….R U kidding me?..your in the nfl man..grow up!!

  11. Panda Claus says: Nov 12, 2010 7:25 AM

    That phantom interference penalty called on the Gonzalez 3rd-and-10 was the game-extender. There’s no way the Roddy White TD happens on the next play if it’s 4th-and-10.

    I thought flopping was only a hockey thing… Gonzalez was four feet away from being able to catch that ball.

  12. willmose says: Nov 12, 2010 7:56 AM

    Let them off the hook the same way the Cowboys let Packers off the hook. Hey Ravens, the Falcons just kicked your button.

  13. jackburtonsspawn says: Nov 12, 2010 8:18 AM

    Roddy White was putting on a clinic out there, it was hilarious to watch.

  14. spudzzzz says: Nov 12, 2010 8:24 AM

    Nice win for Atlanta….fantastic loss for the Ravens!

  15. atlien698 says: Nov 12, 2010 8:32 AM

    @Panda Claus

    Ray Lewis was practically hugging Gonzalez on that play. I’d rather you complain about Roddy’s so-called “push-off” than that play.

  16. Tom Hidock says: Nov 12, 2010 8:53 AM

    Atlanta looks like the real deal! Matty Ice was great, and their D was good enough to win (especially the play that Turner broke RAY RAY down!!). Glad the Steelers already beat them this year, with our 3rd string QB at that, but I wouldn’t be suprised if they make it far in the playoffs. As far as the Ravens go, this just showed their D ain’t what it was… Just don’t whine about it being a short week. It’s gonna be an interesting next few weeks of the season fo sho.

    GO STEELERS!

  17. SteelTown6 says: Nov 12, 2010 9:12 AM

    How does Ed Reed get away with that obviously intentional forearm to Ryans’s head -after- he slid? Especially after last Sunday when an Eagles defender got flagged for roughing the passer because he -brushed- Peyton’s helmet?

    Must be because of the color of his uniform (as in, not black and gold).

  18. jlawless87 says: Nov 12, 2010 9:16 AM

    clevelanddawg654 says: Nov 12, 2010 7:02 AM

    I guess the ratbirds will just say they were sooo tired since it was a short week for them….R U kidding me?..your in the nfl man..grow up!!
    ______________________________________
    As a Browns/Falcons fan i was debating whether or not to comment on this thread. But you have pushed my hand … no one on the Ravens team POST GAME have said they were tired. I think even though our Browns are playing impressive football they are still 3-5, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the “ratbirds” … lets not get to confident and just keep backing our Brownies, and not provoke other teams, ESPECIALLY when it was one of the best football games this year.

  19. Panda Claus says: Nov 12, 2010 9:20 AM

    @atlien698

    The throw to Gonzalez was uncatchable. The defender was laying out with the receiver, and the fact there was some contact is what caused the flag to drop. But none of the contact stopped that ball from being caught. Had Gonzalez been left all alone that would’ve been an incompletion because it was either a bad pass or Gonzalez was just too slow to get there.

    The push-off White made on Wilson didn’t look enough to make Wilson fall down. It seemed he was slipping at the same time.

    Look, if the Ravens were dumb enough to leave White in single-coverage after getting he smoked ‘em night, they deserved to give up the TD.

    My claim was they never should’ve had that gift penalty on 3rd down.

    The Falcons won and deserved the victory. It was a toughly fought game either team could’ve walked away with.

  20. roddy84 says: Nov 12, 2010 9:27 AM

    panda:

    You’re pretty funny…ha ha, he he…

    give my best to Ray, Ed Reed and Heap while they try to get over those sprains, strains and bruises they just received….thought those boys were tough…guess they found out.

  21. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Nov 12, 2010 9:47 AM

    Ray Ray and the boys just arent that good anymore..

  22. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Nov 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    @ Buddy Brister

    Now let’s see who is under the mask of this linebacker………. Mike Mamula!!!!!

  23. dawgpoundx19 says: Nov 12, 2010 10:08 AM

    Never ceases to amaze me hos many Ravens fans are still living off the 2000 Super Bowl team and defense. It’s not that they are horrible, but Ray Lewis is about the only piece they have left and he gets credit for tackles he doesn’t even make.

  24. iselldrugstoandyreidskids says: Nov 12, 2010 10:29 AM

    Anybody notice the lovefest the announcers were having over the falcons last night it was pretty unbearable and no one in Baltimore is still living off the 2000 season it’s just hard to swallow because for the past 10 years they always got that key 3rd down stop or that int to seal the game even last year they didn’t give up this many yards ravens fans are just used to 3 and out 3 and out 3 and out so were sorry that we hold our team to a higher standard of play because that’s what your complaining about

  25. kantnockdahustle89 says: Nov 12, 2010 10:48 AM

    @atlien698

    It wasnt Ray Lewis that was guarding Gonzo it was Ellerbe. The refs got the number wrong…no surprise there.

    Everyone knows the Ravens defense isnt what it used to be. Thats all the media talked about at the beginning of the season. I dont get why people are surprised? If their defense was as good as the offense then they would be undefeated or close to it. Defense cost them the Pats and Falcons game so far.

  26. breeshasabush says: Nov 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Falcons…. you do realize that Joe Flacco is GARBAGE and 90% of the rest of NFL starters would’ve carved you guys up last night with how open the recievers were. Terrible officiating in those “great 45 seconds or Matty Ice Ryan” (phantom calls and blatant no call on white’s dark alley mugging push off). Please keep yuking it up in the media while the DEFENDING CHAMPIONS (something you never have been nor will be) continue to fly under the radar, get healthy (reggie), and get momentum to go along with their stride. Sharper is waiting for matty ice and you ALL know we arent going to leave it to hartley to miss a 29 yrd field goal in O.T. (giving you the game). The greatest thing is that falcon fans KNOW, even if they dont want to admit it, that when the champs come to town we’re taking that crown right off thier heads and there’s nothing they can do about it…. enjoy it while it lasts Matty bc Hurricane Who Dat is just became a Category 9. (Let the Katrina insults begin from the falcon fans hahahaha THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO!!!)

  27. roddy84 says: Nov 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    Brees:

    Your medication is on the nightstand…

  28. tk1966 says: Nov 12, 2010 12:01 PM

    #
    dawgpoundx19 says: Nov 12, 2010 10:08 AM

    Never ceases to amaze me hos many Ravens fans are still living off the 2000 Super Bowl team and defense. It’s not that they are horrible, but Ray Lewis is about the only piece they have left and he gets credit for tackles he doesn’t even make.

    _____________________________________

    Dawgpound is absolutely right – did Ray even play? He was invisible, except for when he was taken out by Turner, or pacing the sideline.

    Speaking of Ray, I was wondering, when was the team re-named “Ray Lewis’ Baltimore Ravens”? How many times was that reference made last night?

  29. tk1966 says: Nov 12, 2010 12:07 PM

    breeshasabush says: Nov 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Terrible officiating in those “great 45 seconds or Matty Ice Ryan” (phantom calls and blatant no call on white’s dark alley mugging push off). Please keep yuking it …

    ___________________________________

    A growing trend in the NFL – all winners do so only with the help of poor or biased officiating. Doesn’t ANYONE EVER win anymore because they simply beat the other team?

    Or is it more likely that there are mistakes made benefiting / hurting both sides, but the team that wins has no reason to cry and whine about it?

  30. starderup says: Nov 12, 2010 1:08 PM

    “That phantom interference penalty called on the Gonzalez 3rd-and-10 was the game-extender.”
    You gotta be kidding. When the ball arrived, Gonzalez had already been tackled. Watch the game and quit your crying. Falcons absolutely dominated the Ravens in the first half, and let up in the second. They almost gave the game away, but got tough when it counted.

  31. htown025 says: Nov 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    The Ravens made too many mistakes early (fumble on the punt return by Webb, interception by Flacco throwing to Houzmanzadeh) and did a good job in the second half to make it a game. Atlanta played good enough to win. I do think the refs came into play towards the end of the game. The facemask call that went against Baltimore when it appeared both players were committing the same infraction against each other. The offensive PI call that was not made against Rowdy Roddy White.

    Baltimore’s offense put the defense at a disadvantage by having them on the field around 2/3 of the first half against Atlanta’s no-huddle offense. The Ravens (offense) should now realize that they can’t leave the fate of games in the hands of refs if at all possible because they know how that usually ends up. Also, see the game against Cincy…

  32. starderup says: Nov 12, 2010 2:42 PM

    For the last time, there was no pass interference, at least not on offense. The Raven defender tried to push Roddy off his route, and Roddy pushed back. The Raven defender fell down because he wasn’t well positioned. The Side Judge was five feet away. Read the rules and learn to be a good loser. You should be able to beat the Saints and Carolina, so you have something to look forward to.

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